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237 pages 13.5 x 19.5 cm
1st edition    : 1928
32nd edition : 2007
Rights Sold
Bulgarian rights sold to Zlatorog in 1992,
About The Author
Reşat Nuri Güntekin is the author of 19 novels and 7 collections of short stories. One of his most famous novels entitled "Goldcrest" (original title: "Çalıkuşu") is about the dynamism and hardship a young girl experiences in a rural town, (both as an educated person and as a woman), and about the role she plays in the development of the mutual understanding of the two classes, namely the uneducated rural and the educated urban. His novels are often based on strong female characters and his works are typical examples of the Turkish enlightenment of the revolutionary and post revolutionary era.
Other Books:

Son Sığınak 1961 (The Last Sanctuary)
Kan Davası 1955 (Blood Fued)
Harabelerin Çiçeği 1953 (The Flower of the Ruins)
Kavak Yelleri 1950 (Daydreams)
Miskinler Tekkesi 1946 (The Den of Idlers)
Değirmen 1944 ( The Mill)
Ateş Gecesi 1942 (The Night of Fire)
Eski Hastalık 1938 ( An Old Sickness)
Eski Hastalık 1938 (The Old Malady)
Gökyüzü 1935 (The Sky)
Kızılcık Dalları 1932 (Cornelian Branches)
Kızılcık Dalları 1932 ( Cherry Tree Branches)
Yaprak Dökümü 1930 ( The Fallen Leaves)
Acımak 1928 (Compassion)
Akşam Güneşi 1927 ( The Evening Sun)
Bir Kadın Düşmanı 1927 ( An Enemy of Woman)
Dudaktan Kalbe 1925 ( From the Lips to the Heart)
Gizli El 1922 (The Secret Hand)
Çalıkuşu 1922 ( Goldcrest)
Acımak  ( Pity)


Reşat Nuri Güntekin


The Green Night
Original Title : Yeşil Gece




The last years of the Ottoman Empire and the early years of the modern republic. Sahin's father is determined to trainhis son as a religious

fundamentalist and sends him to an Islamic school. However, Sahin

becomes the opposite, loses his faith in the mission of his father and joins a secular school. After graduation he is a determined revolutionary modernist and decides to teach in a small town well known for its conservatism and anti-revolutionary position. Not surprisingly the locals give him a hard time. In the end, following the nationwide victory of the revolutionary forces, modernism succeeds in the town, but the locals do not stop working against him and talking behind his back; he has to visit Ankara to convince the modern secular state that he is not a conservative anti-revolutionary!


Selected reviews


After the publication of ‘Green Night’ 1928, we can see a significant change in Reşat Nuri Güntekin’s novels.  Now we see a writer who uses lengthy descriptions to highlight social problems and has become a fully fledged social realism novelist. It’s as if his first novels were written for a wide audience to tell them about himself and his underlying problems. Tahir Alangu


Rumour has it that Ataturk one day said to one of his favourite novelists, Reşat Nuri Güntekin, “Write me a novel that criticizes fundamentalism.”  Green Night is the fruit of this wish… I don’t know if this is true, whether Reşat Nuri Güntekin fulfilled this wish or just did it to please himself.  Both could be true. Reşat Nuri Güntekin was an enemy of reactionary attitudes and anachronistic order. He was opposed to blinkered vision. Oktay Akbal, Cumhuriyet Gazetesi


Reşat Nuri Güntekin in a world isolated from social realities tries to tell of social truths and using chosen events and people he lambastes fanaticism and defends development through education.

Fethi Naci


With the publication of Green Nights in 1928, Reşat Nuri Güntekin reaches the peak of his profession as a novelist. Refik Durbaş


Following Reşat Nuri Güntekin’s ‘Green Night’, Kuyucaklı Yusuf is the 2nd novel of Turkish literature that spotlights the realities of life in a small town. Kemal Ateş


When everybody was under the influence of ‘The Wren’, ‘Green Night’ affected me profoundly.  I still think ‘Green Night’ was Reşat Nuri Güntekin’s most important novel. Ayşe Kilimci




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